General Prologue: IntroductionFragment 1, lines 1–42SummaryWhan that Aprill with his shoures sooteThe droghte of March hath perced to the roote . . .)The narrator opens the General Prologue with a description of the return of spring. He describes theApril rains, the burgeoning flowers and leaves, and the chirping birds. Around this time of year, thenarrator says, people begin to feel the desire to go on a pilgrimage. Many devout English pilgrimsset off to visit shrines in distant holy lands, but even more choose to travel to Canterbury to visit therelics of Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, where they thank the martyr for havinghelped them when they were in need. The narrator tells us that as he prepared to go on such apilgrimage, staying at a tavern in Southwark called the Tabard Inn, a great company of twenty-ninetravelers entered. The travelers were a diverse group who, like the narrator, were on their way toCanterbury. They happily agreed to let him join them. That night, the group slept at the Tabard, andwoke up early the next morning to set off on their journey. Before continuing the tale, the narratordeclares his intent to list and describe each of the members of the group.